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Week Beginning 20th April 2020

Maths: This week we are continuing Unit 11 in book 5B.  You should try to complete one Power Maths lesson each day including the Power Up. There are some optional extra maths tasks there too which will help you to remember the work we have done in the past few weeks.  Next week you will need Practice Book 5C which can be collected from the school office, if you are able to come in on your daily walk.

English: This week there are five English lessons based on a book called Tueday by David Wiesner, try and have a look at one of these per day. There is a link to the online version of the book on the first lesson.

We are also adding a story writing activity for you to try.  Read the very short story and see if you can write a different short story with the title The Door.  We would love to read your stories on your Dojo portfolios, either type them or take a photo if you prefer to hand-write them.

Work on your Spelling Passport words each day. The 'Word of the Day' and other activities below are good fun and will help you learn them super fast. Your normal weekly spellings are also listed below and these can be practised on Spelling Shed.

Please try to read for at least 15 minutes each day and talk to somebody about your book. 

If you would like to do some extra English, there is an optional comprehension activity and three short grammar activities for you.

Science: Have a go at some science by working through the videos and questions, there is also a constellation viewer you can make if you have an empty Pringles tube (other crisps in cans are available). 

Topic: You may have seen on the news that Captain Tom Moore has been raising money for NHS Charities Together by walking laps around his garden.  He wanted to complete 100 laps before his 100th birthday next week.  He has managed it and he has passed his original target of £1000, in fact as I write this (at Sunday lunchtime) his fundraising total has reached £25,907,481.77!  There is a campaign to send him lots of 100th birthday cards, so we thought it might be nice for you to join in.

We have a new history topic starting this week which is all about what happened after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  There are two fabulous video lessons to get your teeth into!

It is St. George's Day on April 23rd, so we would like you to find out a bit about who St. George was and what he did.  Do you believe the story about the dragon? Are there any other possible explanations?

Philosophy: Don't forget our Brainsqueezer question.  This is from Philosophy for Children and it is designed to help you start an interesting conversation at home.  Think about the question, talk to your family about it and see if you can come up with a good persuasive argument to support your idea.  Why not share it on your Dojo portfolio and we could have a virtual discussion!

PE and Music: This week we have added some new PE activities from the FA ( Joe Wicks is still doing his daily workouts on YouTube if you are enjoying them).  This week's is based on the Disney film 'Tangled'.  Why not practice your singing and join in with the karaoke version of the classic song from the film? 

Captain Tom Moore Birthday Card Project

Captain Tom Moore is 99 years old and his birthday is on 30th April.  You may have seen on the news that he has raised over £25 million (so far) for NHS Charities Together by walking laps around his garden.  There is some information about exactly what the money will be spent on available on the BBC website.

People are working together to send hand made birthday cards to help him celebrate turning 100 and, if you would like to join in, there are two ways that you can get your card to him. 


1. If you want to post the card in an envelope, there is an address you can use below.  Please check that you have the right stamp as some cards will need a large letter stamp.  You may need to weigh and measure your finished letter and check using the guide below.  Stamps are available from the Post Office and online at


Captain Tom Moore

C/O Post Office Limited

67 Bedford Road

Marston Moretaine


MK43 0LA 

2. If you want to send him a virtual card, his family are planning on making a video for him to watch with pictures of the cards that are sent over the internet.  All you need to do is take a photo of your card and ask you parents or carers to upload it to their social media account (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and write a short message that includes the tag #makeacardfortom


Whichever way you choose to send you card, please could you upload a photo of your lovely creations to your Class Dojo Portfolio so we can enjoy them too?


You probably know the date 1066 and that it was the date of a famous battle, the Battle of Hastings (actually fought at a place called Battle, not in Hastings), but do you know what happened next?  Using the links below, work through the two video lessons.  Don't forget to upload a picture of your work to your Dojo portfolio so we can see all your wonderful ideas!

St. George Challenge

St. George is the patron saint of England and it is St. George's Day on 23rd April (this Thursday), but who was St. George? Did he really slay a dragon to save a princess? How did he get chosen as the patron saint of England? Who painted that painting of him and why does the princess have the dragon on a lead?

See what you can find out about St. George and present the information you come up with in any way you choose.  There are a couple of weblinks below to get your research started. 

You could try writing an explanation, creating a movie, choreographing a dance...the possibilities are endless!  Don't forget to add pictures to your Dojo portfolio.

Tangled Football Challenge

Tangled Lyric Video | I've Got A Dream | Sing Along


Power Maths


 This week we would you like you to work on the following five lessons:  


Unit 11:

Lesson 6 - Writing Thousandths as Decimals

Textbook 5B pages 196-199 and Practice Book 5B pages 145-147

Lesson 7 - Ordering and Comparing Decimals 1

Textbook 5B pages 200-203 and Practice Book 5B pages 148-150

Lesson 8 - Ordering and Comparing Decimals 2

Textbook 5B pages 204-207 and Practice Book 5B pages 151-153

Lesson 9 - Rounding Decimals

Textbook 5B pages 208-211 and Practice Book 5B pages 154-156

Lesson 10 - Understanding Percentages

Textbook 5B pages 212-215 and Practice Book 5B pages 157-159


Please follow the link below to access the Power Maths Textbooks and view the Practice Book pages.  The Power Ups and Answer Sheets are available below.

Using the Power Maths Website Link:


The very first time you use the link an adult will need to read and agree to the Terms and Conditions, but once that is done you will never have to do this again.

Once you are on to the site, you need to make sure that pop ups are enabled for this site.  You may see an alert in the address bar when you click on the blue words Power Maths Year 5 and you can allow pop ups for this site from there.  Please ask a grown up to help you with this.  Once you have allowed pop ups the first time, you will never need to do this again.


When you click on Power Maths Year 5, it will take you to a new screen with three tabs in the middle that looks like this:

You can find all the Textbook pages you will need for each week by clicking on Books and then selecting the correct textbook.

You can find all the Practice Book pages you will need for each week by clicking on Resources and then you will be able to see the Practice Book Units you need.

Remember to check which pages your teachers would like you to complete this week.

Read this very short story by Roger Hurn.  


The Door

I have a door at my house.  I keep it locked because behind it are the earth, the moon and the stars.  I call it the front door.


Now use this idea to create your own story with the title The Door.  If it helps, you could try using the word mats above to make sure you choose some interesting and exciting vocabulary.  Remember to proof read your work carefully and make sure all the punctuation you need is included.

How much can you remember about our space topic?  Using these cards, can you match the word to its definition and picture?

Beyond our Solar System Video 1.mp4

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Beyond Our Solar System Video 1

Watch Beyond Our Solar System Video 1 and read this information:


Although the constellations are always visible together in the night sky, the stars that form them are many trillions of kilometres apart and are not connected to each other in any way.

Stars don't “disappear” or “go away” during the day. The stars are still there, but they cannot be seen during the day due to the vast amount of light from the Sun. At night, the contrast between starlight and the surrounding sky is sufficient to enable the stars to stand out and be seen. However, light pollution can obscure starlight, making it difficult to spot certain stars, particularly in built-up urban areas where there is a lot of artificial lighting.

In ancient times, people looked at the stars and saw groups of stars appearing together – just as we do today. These groups change their position in the sky throughout the night, which happens as the Earth rotates on its axis. People named the groups and told stories or created myths about them. Many are named after animals or gods and goddesses, particularly from Roman and Greek mythology.

There are 88 named constellations, some of which are visible only in the northern hemisphere, whilst some can only be seen in the southern hemisphere, others are visible from both. The positions of the constellations not only change through each night due to the Earth’s rotation on its axis, but also throughout the year, as the Earth orbits the Sun.




Make sure you can read, spell and understand the meaning of this key word, constellation.

Can you see how the group of stars make a particular shape or animal, although it might take a stretch of the imagination to see this. You may feel the group of stars looks more like something else entirely!

Beyond our Solar System video 2.mp4

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Beyond our Solar System video 2

Watch the video Beyond Our Solar System 2.


Now, using the information cards from the beginning of this lesson, can you arrange the terms and their corresponding pictures into size order, starting with the largest?

You will find the correct answer below....

Do you know how can we see clearly into space and learn far more about the Universe than is possible with the naked eye?

Beyond our Solar System video 3.mp4

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Beyond our Solar System video 3

Beyond our Solar System conclusion.mp4

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Watch the final video and answer the questions in your book:


  1. What is the name of the galaxy that our solar system belongs to?
  2. What is the meaning of the term “galaxy”?
  3. Can you name any other constellations?

Make a Constellation Viewer

Resources: (per viewer)

  • Crisp can (including lid) – ensure it has been wiped clean

  • Nail and hammer (adult supervision required)

  • Constellation viewer template

  • Black paper

  • Glue

  • Scissors

  • Drawing/push pin

  • Sticky tack


This is a great way for you to become familiar with constellations.

  1. Using the hammer and a large nail, create a hole in the centre of the metal end (the opposite end to the lid) of the crisp can. Ideally, this should be about the diameter of a pencil.
  2. Cut out the required constellation from the Constellation viewer template (correctly sized for a Pringles™ tube but scale up or down as necessary) and glue it onto a sheet of black paper.
  3. Carefully use the drawing pin to punch holes for each star through the paper (taking care not to damage the table below – use a mat or old magazine underneath to prevent damage).
  4. Use sticky tack to secure the punched template onto the inside of the lid of the can and replace the lid on the tube.
  5. Decorate the outside of the viewer body by painting or covering with paper.
  6. Direct the lid towards the light and view the constellation through the hole in the bottom of the can. It is easy to create more constellations and interchange them simply by removing the lid and replacing the paper disc with another.
  7. Note: It is also possible to project constellations onto a wall in the dark by putting a torch inside the tube (although this may require some adjustment to create a clearly focused image).

The Sun is also a star, but that it is much, much closer to Earth than the stars we see at night. This means it appears larger and brighter in the sky.  What happens to your constellation viewer if you turn the light on when you are using it? (Imagine the big room light is the sun)

This is similar to what happens in the daytime. The Sun is much closer to Earth than the other stars, and the light is so strong that we can’t see the other stars, though they are still there.

Extension Activity for the Super Keen

  • Research one or more of the named constellations.
  • Draw a new constellation, and write a myth about how it came into existence.


  • Find out more about the vast distances in space, in particular the term “light year”. Do you know that some of the stars that can be seen in the sky actually no longer exist?

Beyond our solar system video 4.mp4

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